The generation game
November 9, 2012 6:58 AM Subscribe
"the most embarrassing verse in the Bible" - C.S. Lewis
posted by EnterTheStory (103 comments total)
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"this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled" - 2000 years of arguments over the central verse in all prophecy. The meaning of Christianity, and hence much of our culture, hangs on the disputed meaning of a single word, "genea" or "generation."
There is something beautiful about scholarship for its own sake: here is a whole page on a single verse of the Bible. It brings together opposing views from the past 2000 years, dissecting and re-dissecting a single sentence, century after century.
The site is preterist (i.e. the author believes that many of the "end times" prophecies refer to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70) but doesn't lay it on thick. If you're a Christian, then maybe it's a new approach. If you're an atheist then it's a good reminder that not all Christians are the same, and some of them think quite deeply.
And if you don't really care either way, just dive into a rich and very deep pool of history. Like a conversation between Calvin, Wesley, Origen, and a hundred other largely forgotten names who helped form our civilization. It's like opposing sides are in a private room, admitting quietly that sometimes things are not as clear cut as they would like.
PS for non-Brits, "The Generation Game" is a pun - the name of a game show that dominated the 1970s TV schedules, hosted by Bruce Forsyth.
Wild tangent: you could build a pretty good eschatology around Forsyth. The guy is apparently immortal: you may know him from Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and he dominated British prime time TV in the 1950s... and still does in 2012. As Matthew 24 foretells, he's seen from the sky, by all people. Bruce and Forsyth are both Scottish names: could he be The Highlander? "Forsyth" comes from "Sythin," which is Gaelic signifies peace. Surely he couldn't be...?